Let ’em Play, climb to your Heart’s content

[ Media Invite ]

Welcome to Let ’em Play, we would say it is one of Singapore’s latest
“indoor” playground.

While the boys prefer the High Elements, the girl prefer whacking the bats at AR (Augmented Reality) Wall. Either way, parents can enjoy some aircon comfort while kids sweat it out.

 

Let 'em Play
Let ’em Play at TradeHub 21
Fun Climbing Walls

Once you enter into Let’em Play, rows of fancy walls (and tree too) greet you, inviting you to climb them 🙂

There is a “Let ’em Play wall too!

High Elements

 

Before you know it, kids would be scrambling up the High Elements!

 

 

Not to worry, everyone will be equipped with safety harness and helmet first. Carabiner checked and secured, let’s Go and climb to our hearts’ content.

 

After overcoming their initial fear, the kids were soon playing catching in the High Elements!

 

Besides the High Elements, there are a lot of “Fun Climbing Walls” at Let ’em Play. Not your usual rock walls, but colourful, fanciful and creative vertical obstacles!

Look at the difficulty rating before attempting. Giraffe and Let ’em Play structures look harmless but they both rated “4”. Would be very challenging to scale and submit these two “walls”.

Parents would need to belay the kids up the walls. But there are always guides around to help.

 

I love the opportunities for kids to challenge and interact with each other. Example, Speed Climb and Transparent Climb would be intense, who is the faster climber. Taunting each other is allowed :p

 

Urban kids might have lesser opportunities to climb trees nowadays, try this artificial coconut tree (wall). Rated “2” for difficulty 🙂

Families, kids, friends can always switch between High Elements and the Fun Climbing walls.

Various obstacles to challenge the kids, although I suspect most are too easy for our little adventurers :p

The highlight at Let’ em Play would be the feature AR wall (Augmented Realty), this is too cool!

Team up, climb the rock wall and whack the “projected” bats! Checkout the video below.

You can even set the difficulty levels, so that bats can fly higher and faster. Competitive kids will be climbing like spiderman to try and catch the Bats.

 

 

Take note AR wall can be tiring, as kids forgot about exhaustion as they were trying to Level Up. Definitely Fun and Challenging 🙂

We heard this is the only AR wall in Singapore. Take note there is a separate pricing and duration for the AR wall.

Thank you for the Fun invite, Let ’em Play. Even parents will be motivated to try some of the obstacles too. It would be interesting to pit kids against  parents 🙂

Do follow Let ’em Play on their website and Facebook for latest updates. We have uploaded more photos on our Facebook album.

Video (YouTube link) : Checkout the Fun climbing video here!

~~~ Tips ~~~

Parents can accompany kids (as young as 3) up the High Elements.

Opening Hours : Weekdays: 10.00am to 9.00pm
Weekends & PH: 9.30am to 9.30pm

Location : 18 Boon Lay Way, #01-100, Singapore 609966 (Tradehub 21)

 

Abseiling – what was I thinking?

Climbing up the narrow stairway at Climb Asia, doubts and nervousness taunted my mind. As I peep down from the 15m platform (about 5 or 6 storey tall), I psyche my legs not to go jelly. It would be so embarrassing if I give up now (How would I face my kids etc )

Gripping tightly to the safely lines, you try not to maneuver too much in the tight confined platform. While waiting for my turn, I keep asking myself questions.

-How did I end up in this predicament?
-Why did I volunteer to abseil?
-What was I trying to prove?
-The WHATs, the WHYS the IFs kept trying to discourage me from taking the plunge.

Abseiling (or Rock climbing) is never second-nature to me. I keep repeating the instructor’s instruction to double-confirm I am not doing anything haphazard funny.

The first step (leap of faith) is always the hardest to overcome, imagine your whole body leaning out of the platform!

For abseiling beginners me, the second most difficult task is SMILING for the photographers (plural intended)! Dangling in between nowhere, with all my muscles tensed up, I need to show a V-sign and smile.

Walau (dialect expression of exasperation), I just want to quickly make my descend!

Video Gopro : My legs still get a little bit wobbly when I playback this video. I am proud that I have accepted DBS’s challenge and embraced the new experience

From a parenting perspective, I have always encouraged kids to test their own limits, and emphasize how Sports can train and develop our determination and character.

I have a fear of height, but if I can convince the kids that I can overcome my height phobia, I hope they will have the confidence and courage to face their own challenges. On the other hand, if I fail to conquer my own mental block, kids might grow up with height phobia stigma too.

Some say the best way to teach is leading by example. I hope my abseiling experience has managed to inspire (SPARK) our kids.

Thank you DBS Spark for the invitation, I can now proudly tell the kids that Daddy had Unlock one more level (games speak) 🙂

And this is how it all started. I had volunteered myself with one of DBS Spark‘s initiatives. Boon Wee was supposed to join me but he went for basketball instead.

It would be cool to attempt abseiling together with my boys again. On second thoughts….

(image credit DBS Instagram)

Abseiling might be my Fear Factor, but interested participants can checkout more thrills from Climb Asia (Facebook).

Click for other stunts performed by Daddy Andy before (here, here and roller coasters). I will do anything to Inspire my kids!

Rock climbing is Tiring but so much FUN!

Rock climbing is not only about strength, it is about body-coordination. You need to look forward and plan your next grip. Ensure three points on the wall at any one time to avoid losing your balance. Does it sounds like growing up in society and facing our own life challenges?

Kang ascending the peak in style ! Our peak belongs to The Rock School at Bedok CC.

While goggling “Rock climbing”, Daddy came across a new term “free soloing”. Let Alex Honnold show you what is No-Sweat !! No gear, no rope, only mind powder and sheer belief !

=== ===
Quoting from the Rock-team :

We believe that, in a safe and fun environment as well as with the right guidance,
kids and youths could easily reap the benefits of rock-climbing. This includes bringing up their general fitness level and, more importantly, building up their character as they
overcome challenges conquering a wall several times their height.
What’s more, with our free parent-child climbs, kids and their parents may strengthen both bodies and family at the same time too !
=== ===

Climbing in a single file, that’s what they do at K2 summit too !

Our coach play “Shark’ with us, and jokes with us, to calm us down. Not many people climb walls before, and kids come with mixed expectations. Eager, excited and nervous.

After a few warm-up rounds, they now feel confident. Even the new obstacles (like hoola hoops) cannot deter kids’ enthusiasm.

Warning, jumping is not endorsed by Rock School, Daddy has to remind Kang not to jump too frequently !

Different colour codings to indicate the level of difficulty.

If you are confident, buckle up your harness. We are going for the real deal !

No uTurn. Kids face up to a 7m tall wall, conquer your fears keke.

One more round of safety briefing, when it comes to safety, Rock School takes nothing for granted.

And off they go. Climbing can be physically strenuous, but do not forget to have fun ! Yes, even when you fall and dangles in mid-air, remember to smile for Daddy’s camera :p

Actually, Daddy does not mind cliff-hanging with the kids. Kids will complain tired, “can I come down now?”, but when they reach the peak, their smiles say it all !

I DID IT !!

Did you know the most difficult task is coming down? Kids need to let go of their HANDS and let the coach glide/walk them down the cliff. Not easy 🙂

Anyway, Kids get a stamp for each conquered peak. They challenge each other to reach the top.

Punishing Fun Rock climbing is now available at Bedok CC.
Looking at the Tall Rock wall, parents would find it challenging too !
Kudos to kids for forging a path ahead, and conquering their own fear.

We are all certified little spideys ! Special thanks to the Rock School for hosting us, the kids did not want to leave after classes. As usual, you can pop by our Fanpage for more climbing actions.

We recommend that you pop by Mummy Angeline‘s blog to see how her two boys cope 🙂

On 21.22 July, a big Rock awaits families at Bedok CC. Rock climbing is not for boys only, the fastest climber was an Indian gal 🙂 You can register at http://therockschool.sg/trcc/ now.

You can reach The Rock School at :
– 6242 2106
http://www.facebook.com/therockschool.sg
http://therockschool.sg/

– The Rock School @Bedok Community Centre
850 New Upper Changi Road Singapore 467372